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Prison staff are looking into an Atwater inmate's attempt to stab a staffer | Merced Sun-Star

U.S. Penitentiary Awater staff were able to prevent a staff member from being stabbed by an inmate this week, officials said on Wednesday. An inmate, who was not identified, with a "sharpened homemade weapon" tried to assault a staff member about 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday inside the prison, according to

MERCED SUN-STAR - 2018-03-22 00:30:00

Homeless man who dug out an underground pad says prairie dogs are 'the best neighbors' | Merced Sun-Star

Sean Heron, 43, started digging in February 2017, with the purpose, he thought, of giving his gear some cover against the weather in Clovis, N.M. He had recently lost his job and his home, reported the Eastern New Mexico News, and he kept digging for a month and a half, when his hole in the ground b

MERCED SUN-STAR - 2018-03-22 19:55:00

California police fired 20 times at black man fatally shot while holding a cellphone | Merced Sun-Star

Stephan Clark was holding only his cellphone when he was fatally shot Sunday night by two Sacramento police officers who fired at him 20 times, the department said Tuesday. Department officials on Tuesday offered more details about what happened in the moments before Clark, 22, encountered officers

MERCED SUN-STAR - 2018-03-21 16:16:00

Not an alien: Scientists explain what caused girl's 6-inch skeleton and cone head | Merced Sun-Star

When she was first discovered, abandoned in a leather pouch behind a Chilean church, nobody quite knew what to make of little "Ata." The skeleton, a tiny thing only about 6 inches long, had 10 pairs of ribs (instead of the normal 12), a cone-shaped head - and appeared to have been around 8 years ol

MERCED SUN-STAR - 2018-03-22 17:43:00

Storm over Merced and Mariposa knocks mud and rocks onto Highway 140

There are some reports of localized flooding in Merced County as a storm hangs over the central San Joaquin Valley, but the most significant weather phenomenon reported early Thursday caused a closure in the foothills. Highway 140 in the El Portal area was reportedly blocked in both directions by mu

MERCED SUN-STAR - 2018-03-22 15:53:00

Suspect arrested after passing out in stolen car

A 24-year-old Merced man suspected of stealing a car was arrested Sunday afternoon after he was reported passed out or asleep in the driver's seat of that Honda. A person called 911 at 4:05 p.m. about a possibly intoxicated man passed out in the Honda as it was parked near the Hatch Road Carl's Jr.

CERESCOURIER.COM - 2018-03-21 16:40:00

'I was sent to end you,' he told man who taunted him. Then he swung his machete, Hawaii police say | The Modesto Bee

Witnesses said tensions were high between two Hawaii men on the bus ride to a Maui mall on Sunday. But they didn't know it would end in murder charges. Eduardo Alejandro Cerezo, 35, became agitated when he boarded the bus and noticed that another man - Kumulipo Sylva, 23 - was staring at him from th

MODESTO BEE - 2018-03-22 20:16:00

He didn't mean to pay his water bill with crystal meth - but it's what employees found, Ark. cops say | The Modesto Bee

He didn't mean to pay his water bill with crystal meth - but it's what employees found, Ark. cops say "Check your bills for contraband before you put them in the dropbox." That's what Greene County Sheriff David Carter said after an Arkansas man was arrested when employees at the county water utilit

MODESTO BEE - 2018-03-21 18:08:00

Online shooting threat at Oakdale High School was an unfounded rumor, police say | The Modesto Bee

An online shooting threat at Oakdale High School turned out to be unfounded, police said Wednesday. The threat was reported to have come via Instagram at 10:13 p.m. Tuesday. "Police were able to obtain the actual Instagram post and determined it did not contain threats of a shooting or violence," a

MODESTO BEE - 2018-03-22 04:16:00

Have you seen these two fugitives sought by Los Banos police? Tips could lead to cash

The Los Banos Police Department is seeking the public's help to capture two Merced County women listed among the Merced Area Crime Stoppers Most Wanted. Lindsey Manzanedo, a 31-year-old woman known to live in Merced, is wanted on two warrants for prior charges of possession of a controlled substance

LOS BAÑOS ENTERPRISE - 2018-03-20 21:38:00

An Atwater inmate found unresponsive has died, officials say

A prisoner at U.S. Penitentiary in Atwater was pronounced dead Tuesday, a day after being found unresponsive in his cell, according to prison officials. Thomas Douglas Smith was discovered in his cell at about 7 a.m. on Monday and staff began life-saving measures, officials said in a news release.


She found a dead newborn on her deck. Neighbor had tossed the baby over a fence, Colorado cops say | Merced Sun-Star

A Colorado woman was getting ready to use the hot tub on her deck in January when her dog smelled something unusual - leading to a horrifying discovery. There was a dead newborn on the back deck of the woman's Highlands Ranch, Colo., home on Jan. 2, KDVR reports. When the woman found the child, its

MERCED SUN-STAR - 2018-03-20 21:43:00

Teen stabbed 'friend' 22 times then tried to blend in with high school crowd, Texas cops say | The Modesto Bee

As 15-year-old Sydney Bogan lay bleeding from 22 stab wounds, Chase Skow sat down on some bleachers at Devine High School in south Texas. "He just walked up and was trying to blend in, sitting on the bleachers," Medina County Sheriff Randy Brown told KSAT. "It is terrible. We have a 15-year-old girl


Life-threatening injuries reported after sedan collides with big rig south of Hilmar | Merced Sun-Star

A 25-year-old man suffered major injuries after a car he was driving collided head-on Saturday morning with a big rig on Highway 165 near the Merced River, according to California Highway Patrol. Barry Diaz, whose city of residence wasn't known Saturday morning, was driving a 2013 Chevrolet Cruze at


Missing Turlock man found, police report

A 78-year-old man reported missing earlier this month has been found, according to Turlock Police. David Earle Hendrix was found unharmed, according to the Turlock Police Department's Facebook page. He was reported missing Friday, March 9, after he did not return from a trip to Nevada, the Turlock P


Playhouse Merced director led non-profit through recession. Here's why he was ousted

Patrons, parents and other supporters of Playhouse Merced were startled when the non-profit theater group posted a message on its Facebook page signaling a "different direction." As they commented online with questions and concerns about Playhouse Merced's future, it became clear the organization h


Crash sends car into, and inside, a Modesto building

A driver crashed into and through a vacant business just off downtown Modesto on Thursday afternoon. At about 3:30 p.m. Thursday emergency personnel were called to a two-vehicle accident at the corner of G and Sixth streets. According to Modesto Fire, a vehicle struck a red sedan at the intersectio


Turlock Structure Fire Displaces Four People

TURLOCK - Last night, just before 9 p.m. Turlock City Fire Department responded to a working residential structure fire in the 1900 block of Geer Road. Reports indicated that the residence had several occupants but they were able to escape to safety with their dog. Fire crews however, successfully f


Goat heads and chicken blood: Texas deputies respond to 'some kind of unknown ritual' | Merced Sun-Star

No one likes an animal cruelty case, but the scene inside one garage in the suburban Far West Side of San Antonio Friday night was downright gruesome. Dismembered carcasses. Goat heads. Someone draining the blood of a chicken into a container. According to the Associated Press, Bexar County Sheriff


How family, its dog and two birds escape serious injuries in Turlock house fire | The Modesto Bee

A family, along with its dog and two pet birds, escaped serious injuries Saturday night after a fire tore through their home in Turlock. Firefighters were called to the 1900 block of Geer Road at about 9 p.m. on a report that people were trapped inside a burning home. The fire, which began in the ga